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Michael I. Como

Toshu Fukami Associate Professor of Shinto Studies in the Departments of Religion and East Asian Languages and Cultures
School of the Arts
East Asian Languages and Cultures Department
80 Claremont Rm 304 Mail Code: 9610 United States

Michael Como, Associate Professor (B.A., Harvard, 1985; Ph.D., Stanford, 2000), is Toshu Fukami Professor of Shinto Studies. His recent research has focused on the religious history of the Japanese islands from the Asuka through the early Heian periods. He is the author of several articles on the ritual and political consequences of the introduction of literacy, sericulture and horse-culture from the Asian sub-continent into ancient Japan. His major publications include Shotoku: Ethnicity, Ritual and Violence in the Formation of Japanese Buddhism (Oxford University Press, 2008), Weaving and Binding: Immigrant Gods and Female Immortals in Ancient Japan (University of Hawaii Press, 2009) and Medieval Shinto, a special edition of the Cahiers d’Êxtreme Asie that he co-edited with Bernard Faure and Iyanaga Nobumi. He is currently working on a new monograph tentatively entitled “Resonant Bodies: Disease and Astrology in the Heian Cultic Revolution.”

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